Like many of you, the garden saved me from the feelings of isolation and boredom associated with Covid-19 and lockdowns. As it was still winter in Maine when the lockdown began, I was stuck inside. I used the time to devour every YouTube video on gardening. I learned from the masters of gardening.
I developed a crush on Monty Don https://www.montydon.com/, my garden guru. He is amazing. I also have enjoyed following the Middle-Sized Garden (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9l0mKCZRMJCZ-UFwDgrUjw) and The Impatient Gardener https://www.youtube.com/c/TheImpatientGardener/videos. I decided that 2020 would be the year that I turned my backyard into a garden. I created five new no-dig beds; I learned about no-dig gardening from Charles Dowding https://charlesdowding.co.uk/.
Here is the before photo of the shaded area of our backyard on April 9th, 2020; it was just a dog run at that point.
June 19th, 2020, my first bed has taken off! My puppy Georgia has been by my side each step of the way.
Fall of 2020, we added some screens to the garden; my YouTube garden education talked a lot about structure. I knew I needed a backdrop to show off the beauty of all the plants I had added.
Spring 2021, I have painted my screens Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. I am obsessed with this color; I have also painted my Adirondack chairs this color. Navy and orange are my accent colors this year. I have also added two new beds in front of the screens. I plan to have climbing roses cover these screens.
This arbor is the backdrop to my garden photo from April 2020 before I started on the garden.
By June 2020, I have added a border behind the Arbor. Naturally, Georgia loves it; she is quite a gardener. I plan to add a fountain to this area.
My YouTube education was full of content, from slug remedies to raised beds. I needed to add raised beds!!! So I created raised beds next to the arbor. By the end of the growing season, I had installed a screen behind the raised beds. This year I want to paint the screen Navy and add tuteurs to at least two of them.
Before the screening...
After the screen was installed... the next step is paint.
My last garden bed was the most rewarding. We had a terrible storm in the fall of 2019, and we lost five trees. The loss of those trees turned out to be a blessing. We have much more sun in the garden now. By the way, don't you love the dead plant on the deck?
By fall 2020, this area was full of trees, grasses, and perennials.
What are you planting in the garden this year? I would love to hear from you. I am wide open to your feedback and advice. One of the things I love most about gardeners is that they share knowledge. I am a novice, and I genuinely appreciate any recommendations you might have for me.
I am so excited about the 2021 gardening season. This year I will be focusing on planting flowers and containers for my wedding business. I can enjoy the flowers between weddings!
Please leave me advice, comments, solutions, and secrets. I need your help!
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The last thought for today "Life begins the day you start a garden" Chinese proverb.